Meredith Hanmer and the Elizabethan Church: A Clergyman’s Career in 16th Century England and Ireland, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Meredith Hanmer and the Elizabethan Church

A Clergyman’s Career in 16th Century England and Ireland, 1st Edition

By Angela Andreani


280 pages

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This is the first book-length study of the fascinating life of the clergyman and scholar of Welsh descent Meredith Hanmer (c.1545–1604). Hanmer became involved in the key scholarly controversies of his day, from the place of the Elizabethan Church in Christian history to the role of the 1581 Jesuit mission to England led by Edmund Campion and Robert Persons. As an army preacher in Ireland during the Nine Years War, Hanmer campaigned with the most acclaimed soldiers of his day. He nurtured connections with prominent intellectuals of his time and with the key figures of colonial government. His own career as a clergyman was colourful, involving bitter disputes with his parishioners and recurring aspersions on his character. Surprisingly, no study to date has centred on this intriguing character. The surviving evidence for Hanmer’s life and activities is unusually rich, comprising his published writings and a large body of under-exploited manuscript material. Drawing extensively on archival evidence scattered across a wide number of repositories, Dr. Andreani’s book contextualises Hanmer’s clerical activities and wide-ranging scholarship, elucidates his previously little understood career, and thus enriches our understanding of life, politics, and scholarship in the Elizabethan church.

Table of Contents


1. The background: Hanmer’s origins and the Elizabethan Church

2. The years at Oxford, c. 1564-1581

3. Champion of the Established Church?

4. Vicar in London, c. 1581-1590

5. Service in Ireland c. 1593-1604


About the Author

Angela Andreani is a researcher at the University of Milan, where she teaches English Linguistics. She specialises in the History of English and Elizabethan manuscripts and archives.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Social History